“I try to keep my skin, eyebrows and hair really well maintained so that the day to day beauty routine can be as quick and easy as possible. I have two small children and as any parent knows, you are short on time in the mornings!
After I have a shower I use Osea Anti-Aging Body Balm (it feels amazing and smells so good!) and on my growing bump I apply the Sodashi Vitamin Rich Body Oil. For my face, I started using Rationale about five years ago and love it. I follow their Essential Six routine religiously, though with a couple of product substitutions while I’m pregnant. After I’ve used the skincare in the mornings, I then put on their Beautiful Skin Superfluid SPF50 C1, and sometimes mix in the darker shade C2 in summer when I’m a bit tanned.
If I haven’t slept well or I have an event on, I usually pop on some of the Mecca eye masks (which I keep in the fridge) while I’m making the girls’ breakfast, to banish puffiness.
After this I brush on a bit of Bareminerals powder to reduce shine, and then usually add a touch of cheek colour using my RMS palette or Glossier Cloudburst (Ed. note: not yet available in Australia). I comb my eyebrows and fill them in using By Terry Eyebrow Mascara and then I’m out on the school run.
I am maximalist about my skincare and grooming, and minimalist on makeup. I never learned how to do makeup very well so I have to keep it very simple.
I am absolutely obsessed with Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. It just goes on so beautifully and gives the perfect amount of coverage, as your natural skin still comes through. I also like using Armani’s Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer and Neo Nude A-Highlight when I have an occasion and need my makeup to have a bit more oomph.
I am the sort of person who loves routine and daily rituals, so I really enjoy taking the time to cleanse and put on my creams.
It’s a little bubble of self care that I can build into every day and I really appreciate that time! I’m not huge on perfumes and prefer essential oils but if I want to feel a bit special I like using body lotions from Santa Maria Novella – I love their scents and they feel very luxurious.
I go to Rationale for an EpiNova facial roughly every six weeks to keep my skin at its best.
I get my brows done at Kristin Fisher Eyebrows regularly as my eyebrows can be a bit patchy so they need a good tint! I see Courtney at Paloma for my hair cut and colour and I get blowdries at Joh Bailey when I have an event.
I absolutely love getting my nails done at Onda in Paddington.
I am trying to keep my nails naturally healthy and not use polish on them as I did gels for a long time which has left them weak. Onda have a beautiful treatment to encourage exactly this. Nicole at Onda has amazing knowledge about clean beauty, and I have learnt a lot from her.
When I was 15, I had the best natural honey-coloured highlights, but a friend took to my hair with at-home permanent hair dye and managed to get it jet black. My mum was beside herself – ah, the folly of youth!
I usually let my hair air dry and then use a curling wand to add waves. It takes about ten minutes and makes me feel a lot more ‘together’ throughout my day.
After I’ve styled it I spray with Kevin Murphy Bedroom Hair, which gives a bit of an undone look as well as some staying power. When I’ve had one of my Joh Bailey blowdries I prolong it by using the Primally Pure dry shampoo. It has a really clean ingredient list and smells so good.
My style really is always evolving, although there are some constants. Comfort is always a top priority, and I try to keep it fairly restrained and timeless.
I prefer to buy less but buy very good quality pieces that I know I will wear for years. I absolutely hate the idea of only wearing something once. My current obsessions are a cream set by Extreme Cashmere, a beautiful Old Céline shearling coat I bought second hand, and some shearling The Row slides that I live in. You can see what I mean about prioritising comfort!
It might sound corny but I genuinely love making my clients happy. When a woman contacts me to tell me she loves the piece I have made her, that’s the best feeling.
Funnily enough, given where I’ve ended up, I actually studied Speech Pathology at university. Sometimes your life veers off onto an unpredicted course I suppose! I worked at Sotheby’s in London for a few years in my early twenties. I loved all of the auctions (they can range from Impressionist paintings to Islamic art to Contemporary), but particularly gravitated towards the the Jewellery Department, so when I returned to Australia I decided to get my Diploma in Gemmology, Diamond Grading Certificate and Jewellery Valuation. I started working in operations at Bulgari, and got to know the jewellery industry there, before going out on my own. I am a total gemstone nerd so getting to play with them all day is such a bonus!
I love getting older and wiser, and I am going to try to age as gracefully as possible… although if I’m being honest, I do find the idea of physically ageing very daunting!
Mum has showed me that investing in keeping your skin healthy is more important than covering it with a lot of makeup. I think I really have followed in her footsteps when it comes to grooming. She wears minimal makeup and doesn’t tend to spend a lot of time on herself day to day. She has really great skin thanks to good genes and regular facials, and keeps her brows and hair maintained. Also, my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law introduced me to all things clean beauty, and now I try to keep my products as clean as possible.
Right now, my favourite part of my body is my bump. I feel so grateful for my pregnancy and it makes me happy to see my body changing to accommodate my baby every day.
I have a few features I like less, but I’m working on embracing those and accepting them as part of me. I really try to project a positive body image. I find it so important now with two little girls – society puts enough pressure on girls to be perfect as it is, so we try to watch what we say at home, because they are like sponges.
I feel my best when I am taking care of myself and my body on the inside. I really think it shows on the outside.
During pregnancy I make time for a prenatal yoga class once a week to try to reduce stress. I also do a lot of Pilates and really use these classes as a timeout for my brain. When I wake up, if I have time I like to walk in my garden and look at the sunrise and take some deep breaths. It probably makes me sound a bit mad but it really helps me start the day nicely and keeps me calm for the morning rush.
I love eating healthily, it makes me feel good and I think you can see it in someone’s skin when they are eating a wide variety of fruit and vegetables.
I do pilates at both KX and Bodylove, and when I’m not pregnant I adore the Spin and Box classes at Shelter in Double Bay. The feeling in there is so social and fun and I love Eve’s music. You leave feeling amazing!
I usually make a smoothie for breakfast with a high quality collagen protein, cacao, banana and homemade oat milk.
I like to add bits and pieces depending on how I’m feeling that day or what I have at home – if I need a pick me up, I’ll add some Beauty Chef Glow powder, and I love MCT oil to give me an energy boost.
I find it works best for me and my energy levels to have a protein-based salad or some other meal that isn’t carb-heavy for lunch, and save my heartier meal for dinner. My husband and I both love cooking. Often dinner is something slow cooked, or a pasta, or marinated fish with rice and vegetables. We also try to eat dinner very early so we can share the meal with our girls, and also give our bodies a good break overnight from digesting.
When I have time I try to make a fresh vegetable juice in my Kuvings slow juicer – it really gives me an energy boost.
And I can’t survive without my morning cup of green tea and all my herbal teas during the day. I like to take them in a KeepCup with me in the car on the school runs. It’s the daily rituals that keep me sane!”